How long have you been performing LASIK?

I've been performing LASIK procedures with great success since theprocedure's inception in the early 1990's and vision correction surgery likecataract and lens implant micro surgery since 1984.

Why do costs vary from practice to practice?

There are many reasons: Many practices cut corners in cost by performingonly basic testing to check a patient's candidacy and also using oldertechnology. At many LASIK centers patients often don't get to meet theirsurgeon until the very day of surgery. Their pre-operative andpost-operative care may be handled by non-physicians which saves money. At Chelsea Eye, we do not cut corners in these ways. We believe in doing thesurgery the way I would want it done for myself or a loved one: We do extensive testing to thoroughly determine a patient's candidacy. When it comes to LASIK technology, use only the most advanced, which isiLASIK. We have alternative procedures when a patient is not a good candidate forone type of procedure.I handle all pre-operative and post-operative care myself and spend timewith my patients getting to know them and educating them on the process. My staff and I take the time to answer all your questions and walk youthrough every step of the process. We provide comfort and assurance to our patients with the best bedsidemanner. We want each patient to feel like we genuinely care-and we do!When questions or concerns arise we are available by cell, after hours,weekends, etc.There is no pressure at Chelsea Eye. We let the patient know that thecomplimentary appointment is meant to be educational and an introduction towho we are as a practice. Patients are encouraged to take their timemaking a decision and move forward only when they feel comfortable.Since we are a full comprehensive eye care facility, our patients arepatients for life. We can handle situations that might come up with theirvision or the health of their eye and continue to care for them over theirlifetime.

What if I'm not a candidate for LASIK?

We offer the complete spectrum in vision correction procedures includingPRK, Visian ICL lens implants and Clear Lens Exchange. Patients have thewidest selection and best opportunities in refractive surgery that will givethem the safest and best visual outcomes.

What if I don't have the money right now to pay for LASIK?

There are various payment plans including 0% interest-free financing andpayments as low as $80 per month without any upfront costs. So LASIK can bemade affordable and possible on almost any budget. We will work with you tocreate the best payment plan. Prospective patients are often surprisedthat LASIK surgery will cost you much less than a lifetime of wearingglasses and contact lenses.

Why is iLASIK better than traditional LASIK?

Traditional LASIK is a fine procedure with a long track record of almost 15years. iLASIK is the same procedure except it incorporates the latest andmost advanced technologies available. It is both safe and precise and theonly laser vision correction procedure approved by the US Government forastronauts and fighter pilots. That's saying a lot. It allows for theexcellent results, better precision and faster healing and recovery time.The technology breaks down into two separate components. The first is alaser called Intralase that is used to create the flap. With traditionalLASIK, the flap is cut with a blade. Because a blade can never be exact withhow thin or precise the flap is created, patients who have thinner corneaswere not considered good candidates for LASIK. However, with iLASIK, we usea laser to create an extremely thin and precise flap allowing for a highernumber of candidates. Creating the flap with the Intralase laser is soprecise and minimally invasive that it's similar to etching your name into apiece of human hair. Flap complications with traditional LASIK are nowprevented. The second component to this technology is a mapping system called CustomVuewhich allows us to provide "custom LASIK". The computer creates anindividualized map of each eye so that we can address specific needs. Webelieve it improves quality of vision by decreasing unwanted side effectssuch as halos, blurriness, and bad night-time vision. What we have found isthat many more patients wind up with even better than 20/20 vision withiLASIK because it fine tunes the treatment to create the best visualoutcome.You should also know that with iLASIK, the map creates a safety precautionbecause it will only work on the eye it is customized to treat. We can'ttreat the wrong eye even if the prescriptions of each eye is very similar.The laser follows eye movement with an eye tracker. For example, if thepatient is nervous and shaking it will not affect what the laser is doing.If the eye looks away, the laser actually shuts down so that it will nottouch an area that it is not supposed to be treated. This advancedtechnology protects the patient against potential human error plus allowsfor faster healing time and easier recovery.

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  • "Cannot recommend Dr Coad & his lasik coordinator Nicole enough. They are wonderfully supportive and gentle that even if you are nervous it will be difficult to stay that way around this supportive duo! Without a doubt recommend going to see them, they are worth the additional care and cost for a full-service experience that are there just to help you & give you the best vision possible. Thank you Dr Coad & Nicole."
    Yasmin L.
  • "Dr. Coad and his staff made the experience of having a cataract removed the best it could possibly be, from evaluation to discussing options to being reassuring when the surgery began, to follow-up. The evaluation process was efficient, yet at no time did I feel as if it was anything but personal. His staff at all times were both professional and welcoming. Vace, the surgical coordinator, did everything to make sure the surgical process went smoothly.
    As to Dr. Coad himself, I can't say enough. His skill is absolutely top-notch, but it was the concern that he took in making sure that I understood all of my options, and his reassuring manner before, during and after the surgery which makes it easy to recommend him to the fullest to anyone who needs ophthalmic care."
    Ed W.
  • "Had a five star experience at Chelsea Eye! I went to Dr Yoon for an eye exam and she was extremely friendly, helpful and down to earth! I have met all the staff and they are very friendly and easy to talk to. Hugo in particular was wonderful to work with during the exam. It was a breathe of fresh air coming to this practice and I highly recommend going here for an Optometry appointment or Opthalmology appointment with Dr Coad."
    Devon T.
  • "Can I please take a moment and talk about how awesome Dr. Jay Yoon is?!

    I would be friends with this woman! I went in freaked out about a blood vessel on my eye and in total hypochondriac mode (is it a stroke? Is this connected to my brain? Is it gonna spread?). She laughed and calmly said "looks like you've always had this and it's fine and here are some drops cause your eyes are dry and here's my great primary doctor who I recommend since you don't have one."

    She was very funny and relatable and cool - she didn't try to rush me away and she was honest about everything too and so helpful.

    I've already started recommending her and now I'll do it on here: book an appt and be treated so warmly."
    Bonnie G.
  • "Dr Coad and Nicole were both absolutely wonderful. After my brother had LASIK surgery, I decided to go ahead and do the same.

    Both Nicole and Dr. Coad are very proficient in their work. They answered any and all questions that I had, and calmed every nervous feeling that arose from the start, up until the surgery.

    Going through the surgery I was EXTREMELY nervous and Dr. Coad walked me through the entire procedure (before and during) and made my whole LASIK experience a breeze.

    I can not recommend them enough. If you are interested in LASIK Dr. Coad is the only doctor I would trust."
    Christina V.
  • "This team is the absolute best. Christine is a gift from the gods and makes you feel comfortable supported and amazing. She really got me through my anxieties about my recent lasik surgery - which went great! Dr Coad is the best. A fantastic team, a simple process - I highly recommend this team - if you've ever considered lasik (like I have for the last 20 years) make an appt with this great group. You'll be happy you did."
    Mark P.
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